Laura, can you introduce yourself, please?
When my daughter Romy was born, I went back to fashion school. I became passionate about writing at around the same time. I landed an internship at ELLE and stayed there for six years in the end. Last year I decided to go freelance. Nowadays I write for Grazia, and for my own blog, Maag, but for particular brands too.
How did writing find its way into your life?
I’m not necessarily very comfortable with the spoken word, I’m working on it, but it has often put me in uncomfortable situations. I’ve had been quite reserved ever since I was a child and writing has always been the perfect way for me to communicate. I find it calming but it’s also a way to express my emotions. Sometimes with humour, sometimes less so.
Why did you choose to become a freelance writer after several years working in editorial offices?
I’m very happy to have had this experience with ELLE. It’s probably what all young writers who want to specialise in the world of women’s journalism dream about. Only, after several years, I felt the need to regain some kind of freedom. Both in the management of my days and from an editorial point of view. I was lucky enough to be raised by a mother who always followed her instincts, and it helped me to do what I thought was right for me.
Tell us about Maag, your latest project.
Maag is an editorial blog. It’s the repository of everything that touches me, makes me laugh, annoys me, upsets me, and everything I rebel against too. I created it so that I could say what I wanted, as I wanted. I don’t mince my words, I don’t spare many people (not even myself), but above all I get quite a lot of irony into it. What really makes me happy is to see it being enjoyed.
At home, which is the room where you most like to be (alone, or with your family)?
Without hesitation, the living room. We really wanted an apartment with a large living room, a dining room and especially an open kitchen. This is where we spend most of our time. We love entertaining and spending time at home, we don’t go out much at all.
We notice some references to your native region, the South-West and especially to its ocean… what do you like to be surrounded by in your decoration at home?
I live in Paris for work, so does my partner, but if we could, we’d have already moved to live by the sea. In the Basque country or in the Landes. So we console ourselves by hanging photos of the ocean taken by our friend Bastien Bonnarme on our walls in Paris. I feel good in spacious, light-filled, spaces, which is also why we chose this apartment. It’s still bright, even on rainy days.
How did you furnish and decorate it?
It’s a real mix. There’s some recent furniture, but I also thoroughly enjoy hunting for bargains, so most of the vases and knick-knacks I found at flea markets. Some of the furniture too. I completely restored and repaited my china cabinet in the dining room and the console table in the bedroom, for example.
You live in the 11th arrondissement, can you give us some addresses from your ideal neighbourhood guide?
I love having dinner at Double Dragon, Le Dauphin, Kushikatsu Bon or Le Servan. For a drink I like La Buvette, Chez Lui or Les Niçois. For a good plant-milk latte and a piece of cake there is Yumi, le Passager and Beans on Fire. And don’t forget the Atelier des Lumières, the first digital museum in Paris, that’s a must-see.
Where are we likely to encounter you this year?
Photography: Valerio Geraci – Text: Caroline Balvay